Some Civil War monuments honor people who fought on both sides of that war.
One tall monument in the National Cemetery in Springfield was erected in memory of Gen. Nathaniel Lyon, the first Union general killed in the war. He died at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek.
The monument didn’t start out in the cemetery. It was originally erected on the square in Springfield, surrounded by a metal fence.
Residents complained that the monument made the square look like a cemetery and blocked traffic.
The monument was moved to the cemetery, and the fence continues to surround a local residence.
There are also newer monuments, some that show Confederate sympathies and resentments apparently continue to run deep in some areas.
In St. Clair County, two monuments — both were erected by the Sons of Confederate Veterans within the past seven years — speak to that bitterness.
One is “In memory of citizens of Osceola murdered by Kansas jayhawkers and the Union army.” The other honors Maj. Gen. Sterling Price of the Missouri State Guard, who recruited 12,000 men for the Confederate cause.
From the Webmaster:
I am proud to say that both Confederate monuments mentioned in this article were erected by the Colonel John T. Coffee Camp #1934, Sons of Confederate Veterans.
At a time when the politicians from Washington, D.C. and Lawrence, KS are scrambling to rewrite history and threaten property rights (via the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area) for the sake of an ever increasingly devalued dollar, the Confederate Monuments in Missouri are more important than ever in setting the record straight and preserving our heritage.